Wednesday, May 30, 2007


Action, adventure

Chow Yun-Fat: Capt. Sao Feng
Keira Knightley: Elizabeth Swann
Geoffrey Rush: Capt. Barbossa
Orlando Bloom: Will Turner
Bill Nighy: the Flying Dutchman’s Captain Davy Jones
Tom Hollander: Lord Cutler Beckett of the East India Company
Johnny Depp: Capt. Jack Sparrow
Jack Davenport: Commodore Norrington
Stellan Skarsgard: Will’s father Bootstrap Bill
Naomie Harris: the mystic Tia Dalma

Its fiercely loyal fans won’t agree but I think there is far too much of everything (except humorous one-liners from Capt. Sparrow). As starters, the movie runs almost three hours. Not too many people have that much time to sit through one of the most convoluted, confusing storylines seen in a long time. Then there are too many people switching allegiances so often you simply give up trying to keep things sorted out.

Because so little happens in the first half of the movie that is really important to the outcome, you’d be better off skipping all that and show up for the last hour or so. That way you get to see the CGI effects that are truly stunning and the battle scenes that are top notch. And you get to spend an hour and half doing something else worthwhile.

for intense sequences of action-adventure violence and some frightening images.

When a meeting is held on the spit of land, as the three “good guys” approach you can see from their shadows that it is around noon. After speaking briefly, their shadows in the long shot are way off to the side indicating a longer passage of time than the few minutes spent in discussion.

If you have the patience to sit through the seven minutes of end credits you will get to see a short clip of Elizabeth and a young boy gazing over a seascape. Perhaps this is a preview of POTC IV?

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